Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 04 Jun 2014
Michael Dunlop has said he’s expecting something big to come off at this year’s Senior TT on Friday with both him and his competitors on top form.
The Ulsterman was speaking after taking his third TT victory this week in the second Supersport race, in which he dominated after catching up second-placed man Bruce Anstey on the road. Dunlop’s win marks his tenth TT triumph, putting him among names such as Giacomo Agostini and Ian Lougher.
“When I got nine TT wins the other day I was overwhelmed at the list of legends I was joining and now I’ve got ten there are more legends on that list so we’ll keep plugging away” said Dunlop.
“We made some massive changes to the bike after Monday’s Supersport race, I think I had only done one lap in practice and then just went for it on race day. Gary and Bruce were riding well and we struggled so we made a few changes for today, turned the bike upside down and it worked for us. I know what I can do on a 600 so when I caught Bruce on the road I was happy enough. The bike is going really well, the engine never missed a beat.
“Bruce has been going hard all week and he pulled a bit on me in the pits but I managed to catch him up again and then I just sat there, I didn’t need to do anything more. Bruce was having his own race too so I just left him to it. It’s been me and him for two years in a row now we’ve had a ding-dong, it’s great riding with him as he’s very smooth and I enjoy it, it’s good racing.”
Having now completed four outings of his six race schedule, Dunlop says he’s keen to get focused on Friday’s blue riband event; the Senior TT. After Saturday’s intense superbike race, the Ballymoney man is predicting big things for the second big-bike race. Padgetts Honda’s Bruce Anstey took the outright lap record with a 132.2mph lap on Saturday and this could well be surpassed on Friday should the conditions
“It’s been good to get all of the other classes out of the way now so I can focus on getting back out on the big bike on Friday. We’ve got some changes to make to a few things we had problems with and I think something big is going to come off, the boys are going to be pushing hard.”